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#1 joeywa

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 05:08 PM

Sorry for the delay, but this thread is going to discuss the types of woods used in smoking.

You can use many types of woods for smoking, and each imparts different flavors. Depending upon what tyype of meat you've got on the pit, that will help determine what type you use.

Let's discuss here, and as always, I'll try to answer questions for y'all.

Here's a list of my favorites:
Pork: Apple, Cherry, Hickory, Pecan, Maple
Beef: Pecan, Oak, Mesquite
Turkey: Cherry, Pecan
Chicken: Oak, Apple, Pecan
Fish: Alder

NEVER use pine or cedar for smoking.

I tend to use red oak as a base for most of my smokes. If I could get my hands on Post Oak logs, I'd use that instead.
I don't like white oak.
I really like Pecan
Mesquite you have to be careful with, as it can be very overpowering.

So fire away with your questions.
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Posted 08 September 2014 - 05:59 PM

Where is the best place to find/purchase different types of wood?

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 06:06 PM

It really depends on where you're located. It is FAR easier to find smoking wood suppliers in Texas than in TN or WA. Check out google, searching for "smoking woods, your town," and see what is around you. Craigslist is also a good resource.
Academy carries logs, but they're expensive.
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Posted 08 September 2014 - 07:30 PM

I would also like to request that you do a segment on proper smoker maintenance. That would be greatly appreciated!

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 10:09 PM

Joeywa

I only smoke two meats. Brisket and sparerib. I decided many years ago that Postoak is the best overall wood. I also love pecan. Several years ago I acquired a piece of land that is covered in Postoak and pecan.
The 2010 drought killed a few oaks and pecans. You are welcome to come get some. Just bring your chainsaw.
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Posted 08 September 2014 - 11:21 PM

Joeywa

I only smoke two meats. Brisket and sparerib. I decided many years ago that Postoak is the best overall wood. I also love pecan. Several years ago I acquired a piece of land that is covered in Postoak and pecan.
The 2010 drought killed a few oaks and pecans. You are welcome to come get some. Just bring your chainsaw.


Thanks Bear. Is this property, by chance, in Seattle? ;)

If so, I'll be right up.
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Posted 08 September 2014 - 11:24 PM

I would also like to request that you do a segment on proper smoker maintenance. That would be greatly appreciated!


That could be the next segment.
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Posted 09 September 2014 - 09:21 AM

If anyone knows of someone willing to send some post oak/pecan/mesquite wood via mail, please let me know.  I am more than willing to pay for the shipping and any other "reasonable" fees they may charge.

 

I have a Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) address, so you can use the flat rate boxes and just pack them up and ship.



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Posted 09 September 2014 - 09:33 AM

Thanks Bear. Is this property, by chance, in Seattle? ;)

If so, I'll be right up.


Not too far. Make two right turns and then go about 1800 miles. I will leave the light on.
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Posted 10 September 2014 - 04:55 PM

Thanks, Joeywa.  I am looking forward to the future installments.



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Posted 10 September 2014 - 07:34 PM

I've been using a combo of mesquite and pecan.  Produces great flavor with ribs and pulled pork.

 

I have combo of mesquite and cherry ready for brisket.  Can't find any post oak and not going out of my way to find it.  I'll stick to what they have at Home Depot.  


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Posted 10 September 2014 - 10:04 PM

I've never gone wrong with hickory on baby backs.
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Posted 10 September 2014 - 10:29 PM

I've been using a combo of mesquite and pecan.  Produces great flavor with ribs and pulled pork.

 

I have combo of mesquite and cherry ready for brisket.  Can't find any post oak and not going out of my way to find it.  I'll stick to what they have at Home Depot.  

 

SFLG, try the following, (all in the DFW area):

 

http://www.discountfirewood.com/

 

http://www.rosemeademarket.com/

 

http://www.hirschsme...dseasonings.htm

 

 

Also, Bass Pro sells chunks, and Acadamy has bags of chunks and/or logs. 


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Posted 11 September 2014 - 08:43 AM

SFLG, try the following, (all in the DFW area):

 

http://www.discountfirewood.com/

 

http://www.rosemeademarket.com/

 

http://www.hirschsme...dseasonings.htm

 

 

Also, Bass Pro sells chunks, and Acadamy has bags of chunks and/or logs. 

i know Whole Foods had some big-ass bags of pecan chunks the other day and i'd swear they had some oak as well.


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Posted 11 September 2014 - 10:30 AM

My go to for anything beef is post oak. If I am running low I will use pecan which I have found works well also. I recently did a Boston Butt and used peach, which I had never tried before, and I sat very well with the pork and added a little sweetness to it. 

 

In the Austin area Randells is usually a good place to find bags of Pecan, Hickory and sometimes Oak.



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Posted 13 September 2014 - 03:25 PM

Harley's woods ( Austin area ) located just past the northbound intersection of 183 and Anderson Mill ( IIRC ). Has just about every kind of local wood available and they load you up for $20


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Posted 13 September 2014 - 04:30 PM

Thanks much for all your efforts and smoking knowledge.  I am now armed with proper information.

thanks again   gmcc


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Posted 17 September 2014 - 03:10 PM

Any thoughts for what the next segment should include?  Fire away.


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Posted 17 September 2014 - 03:32 PM

Here's a handy wood reference chart I found.

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 04:39 PM

Any thoughts for what the next segment should include? Fire away.



Best beer to drink while you are thinking about smoking ribs and brisket.

Best beer to drink while you are actually smoking ribs and brisket.

Best beer to drink while you are eating ribs and brisket.

That's all I've got for now.
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